Colonel Sanders' Battle to Become a Fast Food Icon

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As one of the first fast food establishments to branch out internationally, Kentucky Fried Chicken has spread its southern hospitality to the far reaches of the world. The company’s founder, Harland David Sanders — you probably know him as Colonel Sanders — is an icon in American restaurant history.

What you may not know is that before the Colonel became a fried chicken mogul, he led a pretty unbelievable life. For starters, he wasn't even a real colonel, and he got fired from most of his early jobs. The incredible true story of Colonel Sanders is finger-lickin' good reading!